Mac OS X Leopard’s new Dock 1.6

“The Dock in Mac OS X is unique in comparison to the user interface of Windows, most Linux distros that emulate the Windows desktop, and previous versions of the Classic Mac OS. Apple has significantly updated the Dock in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.

McLean takes a look at what’s new and different in Leopard’s Dock in a 3-page report which covers:

• The Dock’s Origins
• The NeXT Dock
• Newton’s Dock
• Dock Substitutes in the Classic Mac OS
• Windows: No Dock For You
• Mac OS X: Return of the Dock
• The New Dock in Mac OS X Leopard
• Stacks Take Back the Dock
• The Applications Stack
• The Documents Stack
• The Downloads Stack
• The Lean, Clean New Dock

Full article, with screenshots, here.

24 Comments

  1. Dock? What are your customers, ships? Stacks? What are your customers, meat? When this is the best you can come up with, it’s clearly time* to shut down the company and give the money back to the shareholders.

    *But please wait a few weeks for my Verizon contract to expire so I can get an iPhone before you shut down.

  2. How do other professionals carefully transform pixels at the bottom of their art work? Oh yes, put the dock on the right. Well, how to work at the right side of a photograph? The whole dock-idea sucks. At least its mouseover delay should be made changeable.

  3. I’m the same as Fiona. Dock for active apps only. For all other app, file and folder tasks, I heavily use Quicksilver. As far as I know, anyone who has used Quicksilver has never looked back. I hardly even use the finder for locating, copying, moving or renaming files anymore; all done with Quicksilver. It’s worth any amount of reasonable cash, but it’s still free!!

  4. Though the new dock looks lovely, I find that all of this will just be pretty once Quicksilver gets loaded on the lovely Leopard…expediting clicks is kinda worthless when a matter of a few keystrokes does the job.

  5. >>
    “The Dock in Mac OS X is unique in comparison to the user interface of Windows, most Linux distros that emulate the Windows desktop, and previous versions of the Classic Mac OS.” <<

    PET PEEVE:

    ‘Unique in comparison’ is a redundancy. Unique means one of a kind; unlike other things. If sonething is unique, it is unique ‘in comparison’ to everything.

    When I read an article that starts off with such bad writing, I’m less inclined to take seriously anything that follows.

    Am I unique in this?

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